Health Report: Mar. 23, 1998

THE GOOD NEWS

DEEP CUT In the largest study of its kind, researchers have shown that the benefits of a low-fat diet aren't limited to certain groups. Whether you're young or old, male or female, white or black, cutting fat can lower cholesterol--and the risk of heart disease.

LESS CAN BE MORE A new lower-dose estrogen pill--half as potent as what is commonly prescribed--is an effective alternative for many postmenopausal women.

DOWNWARD TREND For the first time in decades, the number of new cancer cases is dropping. Mortality rates are falling too. Behind the decline: less tobacco use, improved treatments.

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